NIA arrests Nagpur man for cross-border terror funding

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Nov 2017 09:12:40


Staff Reporter,

National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested seven persons including one Nagpur man in its ongoing probe into cross-border funding of terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The agency announced arrest of a Nagpur man Jaswinder Singh and two from Mumbai and others and seizure of Rs 36.34 crore in demonetised currency from them in Delhi.

This sensational news has been shared with local police and all central agencies have been asked to probe the matter and links of this individual from Nagpur with terror organisations or their frontal organisations. Infact, after ascertaining the antecedents of Jaswinder, the central agencies may chalk out further course of action. Nagpur is known for its hawala network and agencies are also probing whether Jaswinder is only a conduit or an active participant of some nefarious network involved in financing terror organisations, sleeper cells or their frontal units.

A team of NIA probably will visit Nagpur to check links of the accused in Nagpur and Maharashtra, sources informed. Infact, the agencies are looking into growing bonhomie of Pakistan based Jihadi elements with Khalistani terror groups who are trying to revive themselves by misleading young elements.

A senior officer informed that the money was seized on Monday. “Our team intercepted the gang members at Jai Singh Road near Connaught Place, New Delhi. They were carrying 28 cartons filled with demonetised currency notes of denomination Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in 4 luxury vehicles,” the officer said.

The arrested accused are identified as Jaswinder Singh (53), a resident of Hemchandra Apartment, Civil Lines, Nagpur. Pradeep Chauhan (47), a resident of Nangli Razapur, Sarai Kale Khan, New Delhi; Bhagwan Singh (54), a resident of Sainik Farm, New Delhi; Vinod Shreedhar Shetty (47), a resident of Shanti Nagar, Mira Road (east), Mumbai; Shahnawaz Mir (45), a resident of Khirkee Extension Malviya Nagar; Deepak Toprani (60), a resident of Premier Road, Vidya Vihar West, Mumbai; Majid Yousuf Sofi (27), a resident of Al Farooq Colony, Anchidora, Anantnag, J&K; Ejajul Hassan (38), a resident of Sriram Colony, Rajiv Nagar, Hazuri, Delhi; Umar Mushtaq Dar (27), a resident of Dangarpura, Pulwama, J& K
“We have seized demonetised currency worth Rs 36,34,78,500 and arrested the accused in this connection,” said NIA official. The accused were carrying 28 cartons filled with demonetised currency notes of denomination Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in four vehicles – two BMWs, one Creta and a Ford EcoSport.